Levenger Forest Review

Levenger Forest Review

Specifications:

Manufacturer: Levenger
Color: Dark Green
MSRP: $12
Actual Price: $12
Price I paid: I bought this as part of the Levenger Ink Sampler for $12 while it was on sale.
Amount of Ink: 50 ml
Cost per ml: 24¢/ml at $12
Bottle: Glass; It includes a reservoir 
Where to Buy: All of Levenger's inks are exclusive to their website.*
 * All prices are the prices at the time of this review's writing on June 30, 2014. 


Properties:

Sheen: None
Shading: Some shading from a dark green to an even darker green
Water Resistance: Somewhat water resistant
Feathering: Moderate on copier paper
Bleed through: Moderate
Show through/ Ghosting: Moderate
Drying Time: Fast
Wetness: Drier than Levenger's other inks, but not as dry as the Pelikan 4001 inks
Lubrication:  Well lubricated
Staining: I haven't noticed any staining.
Cleaning: The ink cleans out of a pen easily
Nib Creep: None which I have seen
Okay on Copier Paper?: It's okay on copier paper as long as you don't have to write on the back.


Writing Sample:

Pen: Visconti Rembrandt Fine
Paper 1: Levenger Circa Paper
Paper 2: Copier Paper
Paper 3: Black n' Red Notebook
Paper 4: Flashcard for the Extended Soak Test (1 hour and 37 minutes)
Note: In the interest of conserving paper and to save time, the copier paper and Black n' Red samples were done on the same paper I used for the Levenger Blue Bahama review. 
Levenger Forest Review
Levenger Circa Writing Sample- Front
 The feathering, bleed through, and show through ratings are on the copier paper.

Levenger Forest Review
Levenger Circa Writing Sample- Back



Levenger Forest Review
Copier Paper Writing Sample- Front

Levenger Forest Review
Copier Paper Writing Sample- Back

Levenger Forest Review
Black n' Red Writing Sample- Front

Levenger Forest Review
Black n' Red Writing Sample- Back 

Levenger Forest Review
Extended Soak Test Before

Levenger Forest Review
Extended Soak Test After
Levenger Forest (not Forest Green) is a dark green ink with some shading but awful performance on absorbent paper. It has a nice enough color to become an everyday green for me, but the bleed through prevents me from being able to use it on any paper save the nicest. It's also somewhat water resistant but changes to a completely different color.

If the color appeals to you and its poor performance on absorbent paper isn't a deal breaker, it's currently on sale for $10 on Levenger's website. (20 cents per mL) 

Pros
  • A nice dark green color
  • Slight shading
  • Somewhat resistant to water
  • Dries quickly
  • According to Levenger's website, the ink is lightfast, but I haven't tested that claim.

Cons
  • Moderate feathering, bleed through, and show through
  • Drier than Levenger's other inks (I would recommend using this ink in an extremely wet pen, e.g. Pelikan Mxxx, to remedy this)

Possible Uses
  • Grading papers 
  • Journaling on nicer paper
  • Note-taking (It's easy to read.)
  • Sending letters around St. Patrick's Day or Christmas

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